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“Guesthouse in beautiful location and wonderful host family”

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Umnenge Lodge & Charters
Ranked #19 of 30 Gansbaai B&B and Inns
Reviewed December 28, 2011

We all had the holiday we were hoping for and more: Umnenge is a beautiful, perfectly situated venue: We had a beautiful view of the ocean, ( including whales and dolphins) and it is walking distance from a nature reserve. Although (very important to us) it was away from the hustle and bustle of the peak- holiday- season holidaymakers it was within easy driving distance of Hermanus ( shopping, art galleries, restaurants etc), wine farms and other beautiful little towns (inland and at the coast).
Our hosts, the Searle familiy, were wonderful: They served great breakfasts daily, provide guidance on weather, potential activities, told stories of the area and it's people, asssited with making bookings at restaurants etc. Even their dog was a lovely companion ( and helpful guide!) on our walks into the nature reserve.
The other guests in the guesthouse also contributed to how great our holiday turned out.

  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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Thank DaleneJhb
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Reviewed November 27, 2011

There are many great B&Bs along the garden route. In order to stand out, you have to do something special. Umnenge has achieved that by designing the place authentically African (at least that's what I believe to be African) and offering a family affiliation.
It's a fantastic place with direct view to the ocean and - if they are there - to the whales. We loved Sascha (not sure about the spelling), the German Shepard, that took us for a walk (and not the other way around) :-)
Someone told us from the many B&Bs in DeKelders, Umnenge belongs to the (only) four excellent ones. Having seen three by now, I can support that statement fully.

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 16, 2011

We visited Umnenge lodge on our trip through South Africa in october 2011. The room had an typical "african look" and a great view on the bay.
We had a great time with the family, sharing a great "braai" with fresh fish and meat.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Eise T
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Reviewed November 10, 2011

We had a wonderful time at the Umnenge Lodge and it is a lovely family place to stay. It is by far the most impressive guesthouse that we’ve stayed in. Our two small boys had so much fun playing rugby with the hosts sons and playing with the dog.
The included breakfast was excellent and a great way to start the day.

Our rooms were very comfortable with a balcony looking out toward the whales.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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Thank tina h
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

I have spent four wonderful nights at Umnenge Lodge.
Mary and Richard are doing everything for to make you feel at home.
The Lodge with it’s beautiful interior is situated at the edge of De Kelders with direct access to the cliff path. The stunning view includes beautiful sun downs.
If I ever pass De Kelders again, I will for sure send some nights at Umnenge again.

Anke, Hamburg, Germany

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled solo
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Thank shorty_hamburg
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Reviewed September 5, 2011

Had a great weekend at this luxurious Guest House. We were able to watch whales from the balcony of our room, the lounge and the grounds. Boys had great fun scrambling over the rocks and collecting fish for the fish tank from the rock pools.

The bedroom was very spacious and comprised balcony with comfy chairs, en-suite bathroom all done in mosaic tiles and large walk-in shower. Complimentary tea and coffee and toiletries were also provided. The bar in the lounge was well stocked and service superb.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Thank Kay187047
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Reviewed August 29, 2011

Awesome getaway place, with wonderfull hosts. The hosts went out of their way to make our stay as pleasant as possible. The room and facilities are of high class standards, along with a sea view, where we watched dolphins and whales from our room balcony. It is a place I would recommend without any hesitation to any person.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled with family
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Thank johandp
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Address: 1 Eden &15 & 17 Smuts Street | De Kelders, Gansbaai 7220, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Overberg District > Gansbaai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #19 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Gansbaai
Price Range: $55 - $68 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Umnenge Lodge & Charters 4*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Umnenge is a family friendly luxury African lodge situated on the rugged cliffs of De Kelders near Gansbaai in South Africa. Umnenge Lodge is a member of Guest House Association South Africa and has received 4 Stars from the Tourism Council South Africa. "Umnenge" is a Xhosa expression meaning 'whale in the bay' and refers to the Southern Right Whale which can be seen from Umnenge Lodge, frolicking in the waters of Walker bay from June to January. ... more   less 
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